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25 years ago: Consultant recommends parking garage for new riverfront mall

August 10, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 10, 1988:

  • Optimists were hoping that a proposed riverfront shopping mall would eventually bring a flood of shoppers to the site. Now, it was time to figure out where to put all their vehicles. A set of four parking structure options was presented today by the city's consultant, John Bushman of Walker Parking Consultants in Denver. Bushman, who met with city staff for nearly four hours, said that a structure large enough to serve the new mall would cost about $3.2 million. This was the estimated construction cost of a 675-space structure east of city hall; the price included stair and elevator towers but not the cost of pedestrian bridges from the structure to the plaza
  • Several Lawrence bar owners were getting ready to approach the county commission to ask for a "true" liquor-by-the-drink proposition to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot. Tavern owners were looking to exempt the county from a provision in the state Constitution requiring licensed drinking establishments to make at least 30 percent of their gross income from food sales.

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